Des thinks he has Susie just where he wants her, and Maxine starts making life difficult for Joan.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 21 June 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 19 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:24

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Hannah ~ Julieanne Newbould
Donna ~ Arkie Whiteley
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Des ~ Gary Down
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Derek ~ William Zappa
Sister Johnston ~ Gael Andrews
John (Client) ~ Colin Williams
Det. Thomas ~ John Rohan

  • Written by John Mortimore
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • After Colleen escorts Derek out of the infirmary, Maxine gets out of the bed opposite Chrissie and listens at the door to check the coast is clear before sneaking into the infirmary office to phone her boyfriend. She has her feet up on the desk bragging that she practically runs the place when Joan enters and puts her on a charge. Maxine says she doesn't think so: she knows the Governor already wants to get rid of Joan and how would it look if she somehow found out about "Queensland and how that was hushed up". Joan reconsiders and tells Maxine she only came to find her to tell her she's moving into Lizzie's cell. Susie wakes up feeling awful, and to make the moment even more perfect, Des is hovering shirtless at her bedside, evidently having just had sex with her while she was unconscious. He leaves to go and get another client for Susie. Derek explains to Meg that his wife Brenda is as much to blame for the situation as Chrissie is: Meg suggests they try to scare Chrissie with the possibility of never seeing Elizabeth again if she has to be made a Ward of the State. Maxine is brought to the laundry to work and Bea sends her off with Lizzie and the laundry trolley. Donna is whining and moping around, and Steve warns her to shut up or he'll tell Bea what she did to Susie. Bea has overheard this anyway and harries Donna into telling her what Steve meant. Maxine and Lizzie have a good long bludge and get to know each other better. Lizzie warns Maxine to stay away from Joan but Maxine replies she's not so bad "once you get to know her". Meg tells Chrissie she's not going to see Elizabeth until the custody issue is resolved and maybe not even then. Lizzie tries to make Bea feel guilty about Donna, pointing out that she needs support not constant criticism, and that Donna is about the same as Debbie was when she died. Bea is furious at the comparison, but Lizzie gently points out that she only meant that neither of them got any help when they needed it most. This silences Bea for a moment, until Chrissie walks past and Bea takes it out on her, calling her a selfish bitch who's prepared to sacrifice her kid's future for the sake of making a point. Bea works herself up to such a pitch that she has to leave the dining room in disgust (whether at Chrissie or at herself is not really clear). Maxine insolently asks Joan for a fag then tells her she wants to be put on garden duty with Lizzie. Joan reluctantly agrees but tells Maxine not to expect any more favours. Lizzie and Maxine have a sip of grog that Lizzie had previously hidden in the garden as they watch Brenda and Derek arrive for the visit Chrissie had requested. Chrissie agrees to sign the papers giving her approval for Derek and Brenda to apply for custody of Elizabeth. Bea gets Colleen's permission for Donna to move into the cell with her and Doreen. Colleen is suspicious about Bea's motives but is persuaded when Bea offers to try to convince Donna to talk to the police and thus help Susie. Bea goes to collect Donna and finds Joan standing over Donna sneering at her. Des brings another customer to Susie: she looks out of the window and pretends to see the Vice Squad arriving outside. This prompts the client to make a run for it and Susie manages to get away when the client collides with Des at the foot of the stairs. Donna talks to Inspector Grace and gives him the address where Des is living. Judy is woken up by someone knocking at the door of the halfway house: it is Susie asking for help. Susie tells Judy everything that happened to her and Judy phones Inspector Grace as she promised she would. Donna has a hard night with withdrawal symptoms. Des returns to the room where he kept Susie prisoner to look for clues and in sweeping the stuff onto the floor he finds the paper which has Judy's name and the address of the halfway house . Donna begs the Sister for methadone but only gets a couple of aspirin. Instead of going back to the laundry, Donna returns to the infirmary and breaks in by smashing the door handle with a fire extinguisher. Joan comes into the laundry looking for Donna after her absence is noted, and asks Hannah where she might be. When Hannah merely shakes her head in reply to Joan's direct question, Joan threatens to put her on a charge for refusing to answer an officer. Maxine says she can't do that as Hannah has laryngitis and Joan backs off and leaves. Bea wants to know how Maxine managed to do that without getting sent to solitary, but Maxine pretends she doesn't know the hold she has over Joan. Meg and Joan continue the search for Donna together: the sound of breaking glass takes them to the surgery where they find Donna sampling the contents of the medicine cabinet . Des pushes over some crates at the back of the halfway house to get Judy outside so he can knock her out with a fancy karate blow. He then goes inside to get hold of Susie, but Judy isn't really unconscious and with Susie's help, she manages to knock Des out. Sister Johnston bandages Donna's cuts and advises Meg that it is better to have her sent to solitary without any other medication. Des is arrested and taken away by Inspector Grace. Joan responds to Donna's incessant banging on the door of solitary by entering and threatening her with a baton . Donna offers to "have it off" with her, but Joan calls her a filthy slut and threatens to charge her with attempted bribery of an officer leaving Donna in a pool of tears on the floor of solitary.


    Script Editor: Barry Main
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Patrea Smallacombe